How To Apply Postal ID for Both Philippine and Foreign Residents

The process of having a valid ID may be confusing especially if you are bombarded with so much information about the different accepted Valid IDs here in the country and all of them seem to be requiring you to have a valid ID already. Well, for a lot of people, the easiest ID to obtain, they say, is none other than Postal ID.

Photo by Postal ID PH

And well, if you think having a Postal ID is so last season as no one uses snail mail anymore, then you are totally wrong, because many establishments as well as people still rely on the classic way of sending mails, plus having a Postal ID is definitely a big help and could offer convenience, especially as having a postal ID has its benefits, too!

What are the Benefits of Having a Postal ID?

  • Valid Government Issued ID or Primary ID
  • Can be used for bank transactions as well as other establishments
  • Privilege Card – comes with discounts and freebies
  • DFA Accepted Valid ID – if you plan to apply for a passport
  • The new Postal ID now has a lot more Security Features, too.

What are the Security Features of the latest Postal ID?

  • Postal Reference Number
  • Guilloche
  • Quick Response (QR) Code
  • Tactile-Printed Serial Number
  • Hologram
  • Ghost Image
  • UV Ink
  • Microprint

Application Requirements

​Do remember that it is important for you to bring the original copy and photocopy of the following documents:

1. Two (2) copies of duly-accomplished PID application form.
2. Proof of Identity – Submit any one (1) of the following:
  • Birth Certificate Issued by NSO or Local Civil Registry
  • GSIS or SSS UMID Card
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Valid Passport

*Married females must bring their marriage certificate to validate change of name from birth document.

*Applicants with no Birth Certificate, UMID Card, Driver’s License or Passport may submit ANY TWO (2) of the following documents, at least one of which should bear the applicant’s photo and signature:

  • BIR ID
  • Baptismal Certificate
  • Certificate of Birth
  • College or Post-Graduate Transcript of Records
  • Confirmation Certificate
  • Elementary or High School Form 137
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Valid Alumni ID
  • Valid Basic Postal ID
  • Valid College, School or University ID
  • Valid Company ID
  • Valid Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) ID
  • Valid NBI Clearance
  • Valid OWWA ID
  • Valid Pag-Ibig ID
  • Valid PhilHealth ID
  • Valid PRC ID
  • Valid Paper-based Postal ID
  • Valid Police Clearance
  • Valid Seaman’s Book
  • Valid Senior Citizen ID
  • Valid Tax Identification Number Card
  • Valid Voter’s ID
3. Proof of Address – Submit any one (1) of the following:
  • Barangay Certificate of Residency issued within three (3 months) prior to PID application
  • Certified True Copy of Lease
  • Certified True Copy of Titles issued by the Land Registration Authority (LRA)
  • Certified True Copy of Real Estate Tax Receipt
  • Bank Statement
  • Credit Card Statement
  • School Billing Statement
  • Utility Bill (cable, electric, internet, landline, telephone, water)

If you are a foreign resident and you want to apply for a Postal ID, too, you can.

Application Requirements of Foreign Residents

1. Two (2) copies of duly-accomplished application form
2. Proof of Identity

a. Passport – must be valid for at least six (6) months prior to application
b. Any one (1) of the following documents relative to the stay in the Philippines valid for at least six (6) months prior to application

  • Alien Certificate of Registration Identity Card (ACRI-Card)
  • Long Stay Visitor Visa Extension (LSVVE)
  • Temporary Resident Visa (TRV)
  • Diplomatic Visa
  • Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)
3. Proof of Address – Submit any one (1) of the following:
  • Barangay Certificate of Residency – issued within three (3) months prior to PID application
  • Certification or statement of account from hotel, transient home or any temporary residence within three (3) months prior to application
  • Certification from hotel, transient home or any temporary residence within three (3) months prior to application
  • Notarized, if applicable, Land, House or Condominium Lease Contract
  • Bank statement
  • Credit card statement
  • School billing statement
  • Utility bill (cable, electric, internet, landline, telephone, water)

Application Process To Obtain Your Postal ID

Step 1. Fill out the Application for Postal ID

Application forms are available in all post offices, but you may also download it here, print it, and fill it out even before you go to the nearest Post Office.

Step 2. Submit completely filled-out application form alongside your requirements, as well as your payment to the post office
Step 3. Upon approval of your requirements, proceed to the nearest ID capture station where you will be digitally photographed and fingerprinted

There are almost 260 ID capture stations nationwide in designated post offices and selected malls. You can check them all out here.

Step 4. After completing the ID data capture process, your ID will be delivered to your mailing address.

If your mailing address is within Metro Manila, the delivery of Postal ID may approximately last from 10 to 15 working days. While, if your mailing address is either of island provinces and remote barangays, it would take the Post Office to deliver your ID approximately 4 to 5 weeks. 

For more information about Postal ID, you can proceed here.

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